A mass notification system is a technology that sends one-way emergency alerts and notifications to the public. As we spend more time in unfamiliar built environments, Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC), also known as mass notification systems (MNS), or emergency communications systems (ECS), are more important than ever to help in the event of an emergency
Paging Systems are the most common type of mass notification system and these have developed into our largest market. We have the capability to deliver comprehensive systems that would be installed in such venues as small hospitals and industrial facilities to the world’s largest airports. All of our systems are designed to provide professional quality audio and intelligibility with CD quality performance. Telephone grade paging systems may be easy to install but they do not provide the quality most facilities desire or the intelligibility soon to be legally required for mass notification.
Some of the key features that are now included in today’s state of the art mass notification systems are computer controlled messaging, store and forward announcements, digital zoning, multi-zone ambient analysis, automatic backup amplifier switching and multi-function paging stations.
Can you effectively communicate within your facility when an emergency strikes?
Mass Notification / Wide Area Communications have recently been at the forefront of many regulatory discussions. These systems will improve the safety, confidence and well being of the patrons and employees of the facility by providing clear, intelligible sound (instruction / information) throughout a facility during an emergency, or during times when it is important to communicate to the patrons within the facility. The systems will also aid in the execution of emergency plans, procedures and communications to everyone within the building, helping to maintain order and reduce the loss of life and prevent serious injury.
How can we help? Our philosophy is that if you are designing a new mass notification system you should look to incorporate such things as PA / Intercom systems, fire voice systems, network PC’s, CCTV systems, Flat panel or LED displays and phone systems. Wide Area notification systems should consist of an outdoor public address, giant voice speaker systems, sirens and strobes, electronic signage, emergency call stations and CCTV systems.
We typically suggest that when designing your system, also look to include a detailed list of distributed recipients and varying means of communication including cell phones and SMS (text) messaging, pagers, personal email, hand held radios, instant messaging, or computer pop-ups.
Mass notification systems will soon be legally required in any facilities where large crowds of people regularly gather. These venues could include (but are not limited to) educational facilities, hospitality and retail spaces, office buildings, sporting venues, hospitals, and transportation.
Before contacting our Advanced engineers to discuss your mass notification system, think about the following questions;
- Who must be notified?
- What buildings or geographical area(s) require coverage?
- Who will operate the system and from where?
- Will the message be live or pre-recorded?
- How quickly will the information be required?
- Will the system be used in non-emergency situations?
- Will the MNS interface with other systems?
Together with our manufacturer partners we have been providing emergency broadcast systems for a many years. If you are planning an upcoming project and wish to consult on the latest standards and requirements, please contact our Solutions Team and we will be pleased to assist you.
Contact our Design Engineering team to start planning for the implementation of your Mass Notification System.